Did you ever want to fly with Herons and Egrets? Now is your chance!
The Cypress Grove Research Center of Audubon Canyon Ranch conducts a variety of research projects in northern California, including long-term monitoring of heron and egret colonies around San Francisco Bay. The Following Flights project is a study of heron and egret landscape use and foraging behavior. Just as it sounds—we go up in small aircraft and follow the birds as they travel from their nesting colonies to foraging areas. The project has been ongoing for five years, the results of which contributed to the Integrated Regional Wetlands Monitoring (IRWM) Project and have been published in the journal, Wetlands. Biology doesn't get much more exciting than this—and we need your help!
Pilots, co-pilots, and bird watchers are needed!
Volunteers must feel comfortable in small aircraft—the flights are not for the faint-hearted or weak-stomached. Volunteers also should have the ability to identify Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Snowy Egrets in flight and at a distance. Actual flight dates have not yet been scheduled, but will take place around mid-June, depending on the tides and pilot availability.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Emiko or Bonnie by phone or email. Typically we try to schedule three flights, each with a pilot, co-pilot, and two observers. Once we establish specific dates for the flights, we will contact you to determine your availability on the selected dates.
Stay tuned for updates—once airborne, this project flies! Thank you for your interest .
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All the best,
Emiko Condeso, Biologist/GIS Speicalist
Bonnie Warren, Administrative Manager
Cypress Grove Research Center
Audubon Canyon Ranch